Buying a car is an expensive exercise and it doesn’t stop when the contract is signed. The cost of owning a car can be a serious financial strain on many people. There are things you can do to keep your car running well, and hopefully reduce the maintenance cost. Today we will discuss maintaining a few components of your car that can have a big impact.
Wheels and Tyres
With the ever-deteriorating condition of South Africa’s roads, your wheels can suffer considerable damage. To avoid the cost of having to constantly replace your tyres, follow our handy tips below:
- Rotate Your Tyres
This should be done at about every 8 000km. Doing so can significantly increase the longevity of your tyres.
- Clean Your Brakes
Whether or not you drive on dusty roads frequently, cleaning the dust and grime from your brakes is a must. The combination of moisture, dirt and heat from the brakes can bake onto your wheels if left for too long. A wet sponge is all it takes to clean this often-overlooked nuisance.
- Check Your Pressure
It is important to keep your tyres at optimum pressure. You should ideally be checking this on a weekly basis. If your tyre pressure is not right, it can affect your driving comfort, fuel economy and safety.
- Check Your Oil Levels
While most dashboards have an indicator telling you when you’re running low on oil, it is important to monitor the levels. If it’s too high or too low, your engine can be damaged. Checking your oil is easy and something you can do yourself.
- Check Your Coolant
Your engine can’t go without a cooling agent. While every engine is different, you can check your handbook to find where the coolant reservoir is. Make sure to fill this as often as possible so your car doesn’t overheat. This is also simple to do yourself.
- Disconnecting And Reconnecting Your Battery
It should be obvious, but before doing any work on your car involving the electrical system, remember to disconnect your battery first. Make sure to remove the negative connection first and then positive as doing so cuts off the return path of the current. When you reconnect your battery, the opposite applies. Reconnect the positive terminal, followed by the negative.
There will always be unforeseen circumstances that affect the condition of your car, but performing these simple tasks could help you keep it in good working order for longer.